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By By NICHOLAS PAPHITIS | November 26, 2014 4:06 am
Freighter with 700 migrants being towed to Crete
  • Hong Kong police arrest key protesters, clear site
    Associated Press | November 26, 2014 3:36 am
    Police arrested key student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on Wednesday as they cleared barricades in one volatile district, throwing into doubt the future of a 2-month-old movement seeking free elections in the former British colony.
  • White House veto threat shelves possible tax plan
    Associated Press | November 26, 2014 3:36 am
    A White House veto threat appears to have put on ice a congressional effort to permanently renew a handful of generous tax breaks for businesses and individuals. Officials say that the plan, brewing behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, favored corporations over the working class.
  • Activists raise Raqqa strikes death toll to 95
    Associated Press | November 26, 2014 3:30 am
    The death toll from a series of Syrian government airstrikes on the Islamic State group's stronghold in northeastern Syria has risen to at least 95, making it one of the deadliest attacks on the city of Raqqa in the past three years.
  • Saudi Arabia: Deaths from MERS virus reach 348
    Associated Press | November 26, 2014 3:18 am
    Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry says that a total of 348 people have died in the kingdom after contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS.
  • Once maligned, Iran's Jews find greater acceptance
    Associated Press | November 26, 2014 3:18 am
    More than a thousand people trekked across Iran this past week to visit a shrine in this ancient Persian city, a pilgrimage like many others in the Islamic Republic -- until you notice men there wearing yarmulkes.
  • New Thai tourism strategy: 'I Hate Thailand'
    Associated Press | November 26, 2014 3:12 am
    It's been a bad year for tourism in Thailand, and at first glance it looked like a new YouTube video was adding to the misery.
  • In Britain, US turkey dinner is big for business
    Associated Press | November 26, 2014 3:12 am
    Plump turkeys in butcher shop windows. Harvest displays of pumpkin and corn. Sandwich boards describing groaning feasts.
  • 26 coal miners die in fire in north China mine
    Associated Press | November 26, 2014 2:42 am
    A fire sparked by underground tremors tore through a coal mine in northeastern China early Wednesday, killing 26 miners and leaving several others with life-threatening injuries, state media reported.
  • Official: Gunmen kill 4 polio workers in Pakistan
    Associated Press | November 26, 2014 2:30 am
    Gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team Wednesday, killing four health workers, while a suspected U.S. drone strike killed four alleged militants in Pakistan, officials said.
  • ADB: Japan likely to return to growth in 4Q
    Associated Press | November 26, 2014 2:12 am
    The president of the Asian Development Bank said Wednesday that Japan's economy is expected to return to growth in the fourth quarter of this year and its recession will have little impact on Southeast Asian economies.
  • Impoverished Lebanese city is target for IS group
    Associated Press | November 26, 2014 2:06 am
    Jamal Hayak is finally fixing up his restaurant, damaged a month ago in clashes between the army and militants in this northern Lebanese city. But he has little doubt violence will erupt again, and he says he fears next time it will be Islamic State group fighters battling in Tripoli's streets.
  • India's state-owned bank to launch Islamic fund
    Associated Press | November 26, 2014 1:36 am
    India's largest state-owned bank will launch an Islamic equity fund next month aimed mainly at attracting investments from the country's 170 million Muslims.The Securities and Exchange Board of India, the country's banking regulator, recently allowed the government-owned State Bank of India and three mutual funds to launch Sharia funds.
  • Obama's immigration move disappoints businesses
    Associated Press | November 26, 2014 1:30 am
    President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.
  • Benin says Lassa fever kills 9, no Ebola found
    Associated Press | November 26, 2014 1:30 am
    The Healthy Ministry in Benin says nine people have died from Lassa fever, a viral disease common in West Africa with symptoms similar to Ebola.
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